Marc Anthony Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Sept. 7, 7 p.m. 2013

Puerto Rican star Marc Anthony made his name as a salsa singer, but he’s always had pop music in his blood too—in fact, he’s been making crossover records for years, and the recent 3.0 (Sony Music Latin) is his first salsa album since 2004. It opens with a wide-angle cover of Khaled’s treacly 2012 dance-pop hit “C’est la Vie”—superficially reconceived as “Vivir Mi Vida”—and closes with what the record calls a “pop version” of the same song, which does little more than replace the montuno piano pattern with a thumping club beat. In either form, it’s basically a pop number with a clave groove. Over the course of Anthony’s two-decade-plus career, that ubiquitous rhythm has consistently helped give his malleable voice its power—the first version of “Vivir Mi Vida” spent two months atop Billboard’s Latin Singles chart. The new record was produced by Sergio George, one of modern salsa’s most successful hit makers, and he has a particular formula for Anthony: almost everything on 3.0 opens with a sentimental, balladic flourish before the clave, montuno piano, and horns kick in, building in intensity along with the singing. Anthony brings remarkable sensitivity to the string-laden bolero “La Copa Rota” and high-octane improvisation to his take on “Flor Pálida” by the great Cuban guaracha singer Polo Montañez. Best of all, he can project emotion all the way back to the cheap seats without sounding mawkish—few singers can sound so vulnerable while staying so firmly in control. —Peter Margasak

Price: $45-$125

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